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Old Oct 6th, 2008, 10:17 PM
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Paris: Need something for hubby to do on his own ...

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of something fun to do or see in Paris that I could suggest for my husband when he's on his own during my "shopping day". He's already been to the war museum, spent 7 hours there (I would have died), the last time we were in Paris.

Any "guy" type activities that he could do? Like are there any other military type museums or sights to see? He loves military history, but I don't know that he'd do a repeat.

I hate to leave him alone, but I really need to be focused on my shopping day, LOL!

He loves art, but the problem is that I would want to go see them too, so that would be a bummer if he went without me!

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 01:10 AM
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The Musee des Arts et Metiers. http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/?lang=ang. My husband enjoyed this while I took our daughter to the Galeries Lafayette fashion show.
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 01:21 AM
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I haven't been here, but what about the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie?

http://www.cite-sciences.fr/
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 04:55 AM
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the arabic centre or a hamman.

cite de science is great

catacombs

tour paris by segway

cemetry in montparnasse
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 04:58 AM
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Ls Catacombes de Paris!
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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Perhaps he might enjoys a tour of the sewers. Here 's the site:http://europeforvisitors.com/paris/a...ers-museum.htm
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:02 AM
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I'd recommend the Maritime Museum. My husband enjoyed it a lot, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it too. Many large ship models and paintings of naval encounters are impressively displayed.

http://www.musee-marine.fr/site/en/p...llot_trocadero


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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:05 AM
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HI GP,

He can take the train to Auxerre, Nancy or Strasbourg.

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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:24 AM
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Segway:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/26opsr

Electric Bike Tour:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/66tb64

Deux Chevaux Tour:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/47tzwn

Segways are great fun and he'll likely have a ball. On the Electric Bike tour he will learn a lot more about Paris and cover a lot of ground. Can't say about the 2CV tour... it's on my list for next time.

Catacombs... saw them in August and rather boring after the first 5 minutes.

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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:39 AM
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While I do my cooking class in Paris, my husband is doing a 4-hour bike tour with Fat Tire -- they go every day from the south pier of the Eiffel.

I'm thinking about letting him take the ankle monitor off, since he'll be with an escorted group . . .
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:40 AM
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I second the Segway tour. My husband loved it. (So did I, but you have to sacrifice something for shopping.)
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:42 AM
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Oh, this is a no-brainer: Le Musee de L'Erotisme...it's all about the art.
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:46 AM
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Rick Steves has a free "downloadable" Da Vinci Code walking tour. Available as a podcast.

Search out the Arago markers.

Join one of the insider tours that visit the behind the scenes Paris. Some have gone to the working, factory parts of bakeries, chocolateries, etc.

Join a wine tasting, formal or informal.

Leave him at the door of BHV and pick him up there 7 hours later or at a nearby cafe.

Download Rick Steves self-guided podcast walking tour of Historic Paris, Orsay or Louvre.

Follow anyone of the wonderful Degas walks.

Buy him an all day, on-and-off, bus tour ticket.

(Please send this list to my wife and convince her to go shopping without me!)
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:55 AM
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The Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget (on the same RER line as the one to CDG). It's one of the best collections in the world.
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 05:58 AM
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Seconding BHV. There is a huge hardware department in the basement with tools, French house numbers, etc and another hardware/decorating department on (I think) floor 3, full of stuff like cabinet knobs and moldings. At lunch time, the basement is full of guys who really should be going back to work.

When he tears himself away and returns to the surface, he will notice that at lunchtime the park around the Hotel de Ville is packed with pretty girls, and it is only a brief walk to L'As du Felafel. Tell him to have two sandwiches, with everything,they aren't that big.

Then he can wander down into the Marais to the Musee Carnavelet or out to the Musee des Arts et Metiers. If he stops for a glass of wine or biere every now and then to watch the girls go by, he will have spend a pretty terrific day.
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 07:09 AM
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there was a thread about a month ago about a similar topic. It derailed into, "should you leave your husband behind to shop or not", but there was some good info in it...

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35152356

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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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There are some very good brothels in Montmartre
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 09:14 AM
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LOL....Happy Travels!
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 09:15 AM
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Thanks so much to everyone for the ideas, with the exception of some of the tasteless responses, this has given me a lot of great ideas to research.

I'm hoping to get enough for him to do so that I can shop for 2 days (which is not nearly enough in Paris).

I just read about the iPod tours from Rick Steve's website last night at the bookstore, I'm definitely going to check that out for the Louvre!

Thanks again!
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Old Oct 7th, 2008, 09:34 AM
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As mentioned above; ignore all that poofy stuff and go to the air and space museum - from montgolfier's first balloons to eff-off big space rockets and everything in between.

Perfect for small boys of all ages.
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